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Tailor Account (Receipt), Jeremias Van Rensselaer, 1658 and 1659

Tailor Account

Tailor Account

New York State Library, NYSL_sc7079_tailor_account
 
Document Description
Tailor receipt for Jeremias Van Rensselaer, 1658 and 1659.
 
Translation
Tailor account 1658
Jeremias van Rensselaer debit
3 ?] put ribbons on a pair of breeches; earned with that                              ƒ – 4 –
?] repaired a robe/garment with silk .....................................                           ƒ – 1 –
?] made one serge pair of breeches; 1 skein of silk for that.       .               ƒ – 6 –
?] made a white under garment ...............................................        ƒ – 5 –
?] added to that 2 skeins ......................................................                             ƒ – 1 –
?] made a pair of underpants ................................................                           ƒ – 2 –
?] repaired a small cloth coat with silk .................................                          ƒ------- 15
?] made an innocent more close-fitting with silk .................       ƒ – 3 –
?] repaired a leather doublet and put cuffs on it ........................  ƒ – 1 – 10
?] repaired a pair of leather underpants .................................                        ƒ – 1 –
?] turned a pair of cloth breeches with silk ............................        ƒ – 5 –
?] and sewn cuffs on [it?] with silk ........................................          ƒ - -----1[5
22] and some ribbon on those breeches ..................................       ƒ – 1 -
?] trimmed the bottom of the pants with galoon with [silk] ...........            ƒ – [
?] repaired a pair of underpants .............................................         ƒ ------ [] 0
?] made a serge garment/robe ...............................................        ƒ – 12 –
?] for the collar and hooks and eyes .......................................        ƒ – 1 –
?] made an innocent and [it] can be worn on two sides ...............               ƒ – 16 -
?] 4 skeins ..............................................................................              ƒ – 2 –                                   
                                                                                                                Sum                        ƒ – 63 – 12
 
                Jan Vinhaeghen
 paid on July 29th 1658
[Tailor account, folder: accounts ca. 1660]
1659
October 22nd made a cloth coat for Mister Yermeijes [ = Jeremias]
                van Renselaer at ..........................................................................       [?
                for darning one and half ell at         .........................................       [?
ditto        having someone fetch a skein of coarse yarn ............................  [
                for canvas in the jabot [bands?] of the cloak ...........................    [
ditto        made for mister a pair of cloth breeches  ....................................
                for galoon around the pocket holes and everywhere ...................
ditto        put new cuffs on a black doublet ................................................
                and sewn on new buttons on it ......................................................
                used 16 buttons for that and for the colored [breeches?] ...................
November 16th     resoled a pair of stockings for mister .............................
ditto        made a white bolster for mister ..............................................................
ditto        made a pair of white underpants a bit more close-fitting
                and trimmed it at the bottom and [repaired? decorated?] it everywhere a bit
November 26th made an innocent for mister .......................................................
ditto        resoled a pair of stockings ...................................................................




 
 
Questions
What work did the tailor perform?
What would happen if you did not have a tailor in your community?
 

Historical Context
Tailors of the 1600s performed a variety of tasks for those who could afford their services. While many households produced their own clothing, wealthier families were able to employ the services of a master tailor. The process of becoming a tailor was much like other trades of the time period. An individual in their early teen years would be apprenticed to a tailor to learn the trade.
Tailors in the early Dutch colony of Rensselaerswyck performed work for both the wealthy and as a service to the poorer community. Evidence, in the form of receipts and church deacons' records, suggests that tailors made and repaired clothing for wealthy families like the van Rensselaers and for those in need through the community church. Tailors would have been reliant on the import of specialty cloth from the many countries within the Dutch global trade network.
 
 
Essential Question
Why were tailors an important part of the community?
 
 
Check for Understanding
Explain the role of the tailor in the community.
 
Glossary
An innocent is a loose-fitting, loose-hanging dressing gown, worn in the second half of the 17th century in France by ladies, and in the Dutch Republic also by men. An explanation for the name would be that someone wearing this clothing looked somewhat childlike.
In general a kleet is something to cover the body, a piece of clothing, often outer garments.